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Shankarpali / Tukdi / Namakpare

Savoury crackers called as Shankarpali/Shankarpalya in Marathi and Konkani.  Also known as Tukdi in Konkani. My Dear Mom's easy recipe for Diwali Faraal or Diwali Khaan.

All Purpose Flour/Maida - 1 cup
Semolina/Rava/Sooji - 1/4 cup
Cayenne Pepper/Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp

How to prepare Shankarpali:
  • In a mixing bowl, add all purpose flour, semolina, cayenne pepper, sugar and salt.  Mix all the ingredients well.  Add water little by little and knead into a firm dough.  I used about 1/2 cup water.  Add 1/2 tsp oil and knead well again.
  • Divide the dough into 4 round balls depending on how big your rolling board is.  Roll each one very thin dusting some flour.  Use a Shankarpali or Karanji cutter (see the second picture) and cut it into diamond shape pieces.  (I got this cutter in the baking section here in US.)  You can use a pizza cutter or a knife too.
shankarpali cutter
  • Deep fry these diamonds in batches in hot oil, until golden brown and  crisp.  Do not overcrowd the kadhai/frying pan.
  • Store the Savoury Shankarapali in an air tight container after cooling.


  1. gud job Uma! wounderfull snacks...i love cutter,started searching for this cutter...

  2. wow lovely designer snack for tea time

  3. i love to munch this snack esp when am seeing tv, yummy and crispy...

  4. Uma its been ages i ate shankarpali... wish i cud ick some from here.... :)
    nd i too have the same cutter as u... infact same color too :D

  5. My all time fav..i love to munch them anytime..

  6. nice..The cutter is very interesting :)

  7. oh! this wiil puff up while frying...great snack


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